Johannesburg train crash: More than 300 injured in two-train collision during rush hour

The crash took place during rush hour on Friday evening

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A train collision in South African has injured more than 300 people.

A travelling commuter train is understood to have smashed into the back of a stationary train in Johannesburg. The incident took place during rush hour yesterday at around 18:30 local time.

The collision is understood to have occurred between two stations whilst both vehicles were on the same track.

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Nana Radebe, spokesperson for Johannesburg Emergency Services, said 326 people were rushed to nearby hospitals with minor to serious injuries. No fatalities have been reported. She said: “For now we have removed people with minor to serious injuries, but none critical.”

One commuter told the African News Agency: “The one train had stopped because of a signal when another came from behind us hooting and smashed into its back.”

A spokesperson for the rail company which operates the train system in Johannesburg said that authorities would investigate to establish the cause of the collision.

With additional reporting by AP

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